Leeds United could move to sign Manchester United winger Daniel James this summer, The Athletic’s Phil Hay has revealed.
It is thought that the Whites are ready to make an approach for the Wales international, and are first waiting for an indication from the Old Trafford club that James is indeed available in the current transfer window.
James is of course not exactly a stranger to those of a Leeds persuasion, following the infamous collapse of his deadline day move to Elland Road back in the 2019 January transfer window.
The winger went on to join Manchester United the following summer, but reports from The Sun over the weekend revealed that Leeds are again interested in a move for James, with a fee of £12million plus add-ons suggested.
That prompted one so-called “In The Know” Twitter account to claim that personal terms on a move have been agreed between Leeds and James.
With one Leeds fan then enquiring to Hay as to just how accurate those claims were, the reporter confirmed that the Championship title winners are interested in a move for the winger.
However, it still appears there is someway to go before we are at a stage where personal terms are being discussed, let alone agreed, with Hay explaining that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will have to make James available if they are to make an approach for the 22-year-old, who has scored four goals in 47 appearances in all competitions for the Red Devils.
Twitter: @allday_leeds they’re more than ready to move on James but they need Man Utd to make him available first. (@PhilHay_)
As things stand, there are still just under four years remaining on James’ deal at Old Trafford, meaning the Manchester club are in a strong position to negotiate any offers coming in for James, even if they do make him available.
This is an interesting one.
Leeds still seem to want to add an attacking spark to their side this summer, and James’ pace in particular means that he could be capable of doing just that for Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
Given the Whites have been so proactive with their business in terms of offers made to clubs over the course of the transfer window so far, you do have to wonder why they are waiting for United to make him available before making their move, particularly given they do seem to be keen on a move for the Welshman.
That being said, those calling the shots at the club will no doubt have their reasons for that, and there is still more than enough time in the window for things to change dramatically, something that both club and player should already be well aware of.